2016-03-24

Local religious leaders share their thoughts on the meaning of Easter



In honor of Easter, The Acorn asked several area religious leaders to answer this simple question: “What does Easter mean to you?” Here are their responses. Thank you to all who took part. The Rev. Dr. Maureen Hoyt, Center for Spiritual Living, Westlake Village “From my perspective, it’s an opportunity to crucify an old idea that no longer serves us […]

Gifted students share their creativity



WRITE AND READ ALOUD—Above, seventh-grade GATE (Gifted And Talented Education) student Hilary Hsu, right, reads a children’s book written by a GATE student to Lynn Carlson’s third-grade class during a March 15 visit to Yerba Buena Elementary School in Agoura Hills. Fellow GATE student Nina Abey looks on. The GATE students wrote children’s books about revolutionary ideas and movements. At […]

Career tech education receives $5.7 million boost



The Ventura County Office of Education has received a $5.7 million Career Technical Education Incentive Grant from the California Department of Education. VCOE is one of 265 applicants receiving a total of $245 million to integrate academics with career training, connect employers with schools, and prepare students for jobs in high-demand fields, including robotics, information technology, health care, teaching and […]

YMCA camps taking signups

Residential camps available at Sequoia Lake and Big Bear for a week

Branches of the Southeast Ventura County YMCA are accepting signups for summer camp. The four branches are: Conejo Valley YMCA serving Thousand Oaks, Moorpark and the Santa Rosa Valley; Miller Family YMCA of Newbury Park; Triunfo YMCA serving Westlake Village, Agoura Hills and Oak Park, and Simi Valley Family YMCA. Each YMCA branch offers traditional day camps for kids in […]

Will this sequel sizzle?

Defending Marmonte League softball champ Agoura relies on scrappiness



The Chargers stormed to their first Marmonte League title in 2015. This year, the road to the top will get tougher for Agoura High’s softball team. The Chargers are pragmatists. They’re not lollygagging in fantasy land, floating on rainbow bridges of cotton candy and feeding unicorns candy apples. Oaks Christian, the only private school in the Marmonte League, is ranked […]

Moving on up

Calabasas boys’ volleyball team wants to reach postseason for first time since 2013



Jacob Colson grew up playing baseball. Colson, now a Calabasas High senior, played for 10 years on Little League and travel teams as a pitcher and first baseman. During a winter ball game in his freshman year he suffered a partially torn tendon in the right elbow, a devastating injury for a young pitcher. He barely played during the regular […]

Just keep swimming

Westlake boys, girls are determined to maintain grip on Marmonte League



Westlake High’s swim team wasted no time getting back into elite shape. The Warriors’ season began Feb. 16, but they’re already in mid-season form. “I think we’ve worked really hard to get where we are,” fifth-year head coach Shannon Breese said. “It will take someone really powerful to come along and knock us off.” Westlake’s boys’ and girls’ teams, both […]

USTA Calabasas tourney on tap this weekend



Some of the top tennis players in the world will put their skills on display this weekend in Calabasas. Eight qualifiers will compete in the USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships at Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center. The tournament starts Friday; finals will be played Sun., March 27. Camarillo native Corey Karen, a Ventura College sophomore, will face Australia’s Matthew Barton […]

Pet of the week



BUNNY HOP—Grayson is a male, gray and white rabbit about 6 weeks old. He is cute as a button. To adopt Grayson, ask for ID No. A4929030 at the Agoura Hills Animals Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. Check http://animalscare.lacounty. gov before visiting the shelter.

Agoura teen with lupus gets surprise from Make-A-Wish

Foundation wish granters pay a visit to her at home


When Justine Ordona, 15, and her parents, Jeff and Jessica, returned home from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on March 15, the teenager had no idea a big surprise was in store for her. Her grandparents, Rosie and Louie Rodriguez, stopped by, and while they visited with Justine and her father, Jessica Ordona went to the kitchen to cook dinner. Justine […]